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A veteran writer on horses, Price (The Quotable Horse Lover) has assembled a varied collection of tales on the noble steed. Unlike Paul B. Staudohaur's Boxing's Best Short Stories (LJ 10/15/99), this work blends fiction with book excerpts, newspaper columns, and even poetry. The selections include horseracing, cowboy life, rider training, and veterinary practice. Especially appealing are an "All Things" selection by James Herriott, Alexis Podjajsky's Spanish Riding School memoir, and Maxine Kumin on girls' love of horses. Lay readers may long for Price's The Horseman's Illustrated Dictionary (LJ 12/00) for help defining some of the terms used, but this is a fine adult and YA choice for public libraries. Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ
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Price, an equestrian writer, provides an excellent justification for a new anthology of horse stories by pointing out that all the stories help us to see ourselves in relation to horses. In 30 short stories, essays, and articles, the reader is led to a greater understanding of the bond between horse and rider. The bond can be monetary, as Dick Francis shows in his humorous contribution about a botched attempt at robbing a racecourse--or was it botched? The union between a beloved horse and his longtime rider is explored in Jane Smiley's essay on the death of her favorite mount. James Herriot writes of the inevitable changes to farm life with the passing of the age of draft horses, and Gene Smith shows us the wonder of a once-crippled horse, intended for the racetrack, that now teaches handicapped kids to ride. An essay on the death of Secretariat is a guaranteed weeper. Nancy Bent
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Product Details

  • Series: Greatest
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592280110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592280117
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The GREATEST horse stories EVER told? Well...let's put it this way. These are definitely some of the better stories, and certainly the book as a whole offers an eclectic and therefore engrossing range of stories. But don't hold the book's title against it. It really is a nice mix that ranges from the first-person accounts by Jane Smiley of her dear old friend Mr. T. and Colonel Alois Podhaksky's description of his time spent as the Director of the Vienna Spanish Riding School (home of the Lipizzaner stallions) to a story of a real life horse whisperer and Maxine's Kumin's thoughtful answer to the question, "Why is it that girls love horses?" Here too you will find racehorses, cow ponies, hunters and the people who know and care for them. This book is a sure beat for anyone who loves horses, or is interested in what makes those who love them tick.
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My non-horsey boyfriend bought this book for me for my birthday. The book name is kind of generic, but I figured he at least got an E for effort. However, once I got started I have been savoring each story. This is definitely a book for horse lovers....real horse lovers. A story taken from "My Horses My Teachers" by Podiesky (sp?) is outstanding. The story about Buck Brannamen - "The Horse Whisperer" was another I'll never forget. Ignore the stupid name and buy this book. Make a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter night and just get lost in the stories.
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If you love horses this is a nice short story reader.
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A nice collection of stories, these are more about the poeple involved with horses, thus "horsey people," than about horses, which was a bit of a disappointment, but all are well written by fine writers, so they are good stories regardless their focus, and well worth reading for their literary merit.
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I enjoyed reading the various stories. Some were much more interesting to me than others. I'm sure other people would feel the same, but select other stories as favorites. This really covered the ground in terms of horse careers.
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I absolutely love this book!! I reccommend every horse lover to buy and read it!! Its a very interesting book!
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Item exactly as described. Thanks for your honesty!
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